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Each of these vessels flares markedly near the base of its cylindrical body to form a wide, undifferentiated foot; the two silhouettes are not identical, however, since the angle of the Rare is slightly more pronounced on 27a. A rounded, molded lip contains an inner ridge, which supports a...

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(1) on base, in underglaze blue: crossed swords; wheel-cut: Johanneum mark N = 336 - over W (2) on base, impressed: two square florets (3) inside cover, wheel-cut: Johanneum mark N = 336 - over W


About 1730-35, made for Augustus II ("Augustus the Strong") Elector of Saxony and King of Poland (b. 1670 - d. 1733), the "Seladon" Room of the Japanese Palace, Dresden [see note 1]. By 1949, Renée Lambert de Becker (b. 1899 - d. 1987), Brussels, Rome, and New York [see note 2]. 1958, with Rosenberg and Stiebel, New York [see note 3]; June 4, 1958, sold by Rosenberg and Stiebel to Rita and Frits Markus, Chatham, MA, and New York; 1979, gift of Rita and Frits Markus to the MFA. (Accession Date: January 16, 1980) NOTES: [1] See V. S. Hawes and C. S. Corsiglia, "The Rita and Frits Markus Collection of European Ceramics & Enamels," MFA Boston, 1984, no. 27, p. 109-111. [2] Renée Lambert, daughter of Lucie de Rothschild Lambert, lent the objects to the exhibition "Masterpieces of European Porcelain" (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1949), cat. no. 325. It is not known how long they had been in her family. [3] Members of the Rothschild family consigned many works of art to Rosenberg and Stiebel in the 1940s and 1950s. It is quite possible that Renée Lambert sold this object to the gallery, although this has not been established.

Credit Line

Gift of Rita and Frits Markus

German, 1730–35

Object Place

Meissen, Germany


Overall: 18.2 x 11.7 cm (7 3/16 x 4 5/8 in.)

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Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain with colored enamel and gilded decoration




Ceramics, Porcelain